The Playground Trail

HARD 8 reviews
#28 of 118 trails in

The Playground Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and rock climbing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.0 miles 567 feet Out & Back

dog friendly


rock climbing



wild flowers

over grown


Large boulders

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6 months ago

This is an easy, short hike to a great rock playground to explore & climb around in! Also, great views and photo ops.

7 months ago

Loved it! Nice little hike and so much fun to climb all the rocks. View is beautiful on a clear day

1 year ago

The trail is very overgrown with lots of poison oak and bees.

2 years ago

The Directions feature tells you you're there almost 1/2 mile before. Keep driving and park in a big area to your left.

2 years ago

Took a long time to find the trailhead, was looking at directions from Mountain Project erroneously again. Once here the area is amazing bunches o' boulders and several bolted routes on sandstone. On the hike there were just gobs of baby lizards all over the place, and a handful of bunnies as well.

2 years ago

Bouldering opportunities everywhere with great views. Wonderful place to hang out, explore, and climb